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Court ruling on ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle brings certainty to the mining industry

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The High Court’s judgment earlier this week in support of the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle will provide clarity for the mining industry, which will contribute to greater investor confidence, says law firm Webber Wentzel. The High Court on Wednesday ruled that mining right holders... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 A multipronged approach involving both the mining industry and government is required to better deal with illegal mining in South Africa, where bloody skirmishes pitting rival gangs profiting from this illicit pursuit and the illegal mineworkers themselves are a frequent occurrence, with police... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 Illegal mining in South Africa requires a multi-pronged approach from both the mining industry and the government in an effort to better manage the situation. The violent gang-led tendencies of illegal mining in South Africa spills to the surface through inter-gang rivalry erupting in bloody... 

Govt to fast-track finalisation of outstanding mining policy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 To take advantage of the cyclical upturn in the mining sector and improved investor sentiment to boost economic growth, government needs to finalise outstanding policy and administrative reforms. The proposed implementation of the revised Mining Charter, contested by industry and the Chamber of... 

Court postponement signals ‘welcome change’ in govt, industry relations – Leon

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills Africa practice cochairperson and partner Peter Leon says the postponement of Monday’s scheduled High Court case over the hotly contested Mining Charter 3, signals a welcome change in relations between government and the South African mining industry.  

Chamber welcomes publication of terms of reference for State capture inquiry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th January 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has welcomed the publication of the much-anticipated terms of reference for the State capture inquiry. The terms, published earlier this week, enabled Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to start the Commission of Inquiry into State capture, which is expected to take 180... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Ethical leadership, good governance and favourable policies will see mining investors flocking to SA – chamber

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The findings of a December-2017 released survey conducted by the Chamber of Mines (CoM) indicate that if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

State of local mining regulations shun investment, says CoM report 

By: Dylan Slater     14th December 2017 The findings of a recently conducted Chamber of Mines (CoM) survey indicate that if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of competitive, stable and... 

Court allows parties to join CoM’s application for Mining Charter review

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2017 The High Court has granted a request by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), which represent certain mining community organisations, to join the Chamber of Mines’ (CoM’s) application for a review of the third iteration of the Mining Charter. The CoM had... 

CoM committed to finding workable solutions that are in the national interest

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has drawn a firm line in the sand regarding its opposition to unethical leadership, bad governance and State capture,” CoM president Mxolisi Mgojo asserted on Thursday. “We are doing what is necessary to ensure better outcomes for our sector and our country. The chamber... 

CoM stands by its decision to boycott gala dinner 

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter has confirmed that CoM executives and office bearers purposefully decided not to attend Tuesday evening’s Joburg Indaba banquet, where Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was the guest speaker. “It was not an impetuous decision. It was not a decision... 

Surge in fuel cell demand would aid platinum’s future

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 As a means of promoting beneficiation, South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) administration head Jeannette Hofsajer says the platinum-based fuel cell installed at its offices is just the start in a potentially vast surge in demand for fuel cell units, which would positively impact on the platinum... 

Mining industry has lost faith in Minister Zwane – CoM

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2017 The South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Friday told delegates at the Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, that the mining industry in South Africa had lost confidence in Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and in the leadership of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). In a... 

South African Mines Minister unabashed over new Mining Charter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2017 South Africa’s Mineral Resource Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Thursday stuck to his guns about the introduction of the much-maligned Mining Charter, telling a mining conference audience in Perth that it was the prerogative of the government to ensure policy and regulatory certainty. Zwane said at... 

CoM rubbishes Unctad commodity trade misinvoicing report

By: Schalk Burger     22nd August 2017 Commissioned research by advisory firm Eunomix Research has led the South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) to reject the third iteration of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) report on trade misinvoicing, which it dismisses as poor analysis based on incorrect analytical... 

Union concerned about planned job cuts, wants Zwane sacked 

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday called for the resignation of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, citing a complete breakdown in relations. Speaking at a press briefing to discuss recent announcements by AngloGold Ashanti and Bokoni Platinum Mine that they will be... 

NUM calls for Zwane’s resignation, concerned by large number of retrenchments   

By: Ilan Solomons     31st July 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday called for the resignation of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, citing a complete breakdown in relations. Speaking at a press briefing to discuss recent announcements by AngloGold Ashanti and Bokoni Platinum Mine that they will be... 

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Materials handling and alternative mining solutions expert Ncamiso Mining is expanding its presence in Welkom, where it sees strong potential to grow and support local black-owned and black economic-empowerment (BEE) entities across the various needs of their operations in the area. However,... 

Action plan not enough to lift ailing mining sector, says CoM

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2017 While Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's new economic action plan has been welcomed, the Chamber of Mines (CoM) believes that more must be done to stabilise an industry in crisis. With some 70 000 jobs lost over the past five years, and declines in net and gross investment over the past two years,... 

Zwane to outline Mining Charter provisions at Limpopo imbizo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th June 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will on Thursday host an imbizo on the third Mining Charter, in Limpopo, which forms part of his programme of informing mining communities on the charter’s provisions. The much-maligned charter, which was gazette on June 15, is currently an issue of... 

Chamber of Mines not lulled by 12.8% growth in mining sector in Q1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 Positive international macroeconomic trends over the last few months should have had a greater positive outcome for the local mining sector than the 12.8% improvement recorded in the first quarter, as reported in Statistics South Africa’s (StatsSA’s) latest gross domestic product (GDP)... 

Rustenburg community members march to CoM, DMR offices

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2017 About 1 500 members of the Rustenburg community are marching to the Chamber of Mines’ (CoM's) offices, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday to hand over a memorandum of demands. “We are marching as a community to say that the mines in the platinum belt are not delivering what they have promised in terms... 

Botswana to adopt Canadian model of sustainability

     26th May 2017 A Canadian model aimed at improving the sustainability of mining through environmental and community outreach practices is being introduced in Botswana, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

CoM sees green shoots in mining industry as job losses wane

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Thursday said that, despite general uncertainty about the global economy and the direction and sustainability of commodity prices, as well as domestic cost and policy pressures, it seems as if there are “green shoots” of improvements “if one [looks] carefully”. Its... 

Mining won’t be bullied into submission – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2017 South Africa’s mining industry will not be bullied and beaten into submission and all stakeholders have a role to play to improve the South African situation, Chamber of Mines (CoM) VP and Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman said on Tuesday. Speaking assertively at the Investing in African Mining... 

NUM lambastes Sibanye’s legal bid against DMR over Section 54 stoppages

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday criticised Sibanye Platinum’s decision to pursue a legal bid against the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) for alleged financial damages as a result of Section 54 stoppages. Miningmx earlier this months reported that Sibanye had brought the... 

Regulatory environment stifling investment

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 South Africa’s mining industry will continue to feel the effects of regulatory uncertainty and political turbulence in 2017 compounding various developments in the sector this year, says banking services provider Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking investment banker Paul Miller. 

Reviewed draft Mining Charter ‘unrealistic wish list’

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The reviewed draft Mining Charter is a stark indictment on the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) mining head Allan Reid, who stresses that the revisions essentially constitute an “unrealistic wish list”. He points to the local industry’s R37-billion... 

South Africa’s mining sector at a crossroads, collaborative effort required

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 The global mining industry has been struggling since the 2008 international financial crisis set off a chain of events resulting in contracted growth in important markets, such as China, and recession in others, such as Europe, leading to severe declines in commodity prices. In South Africa, the... 

South Africa’s mining sector at a crossroads, collaborative effort required

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 The global mining industry has been struggling since the 2008 international financial crisis set off a chain of events resulting in contracted growth in important markets, such as China, and recession in others, such as Europe, leading to severe declines in commodity prices.   In South Africa,... 

DMR insists it ‘engaged comprehensively’ with chamber on revised Mining Charter

By: Ilan Solomons     9th December 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has refuted claims that the Ministry has not actively engaged stakeholders about the draft revised Mining Charter.   The DMR issued a statement stating that it had “engaged comprehensively” with the Chamber of Mines (CoM) on the draft of the charter since... 

Importance of artisanal mining increases in DRC

     2nd December 2016 The stagnation of the formalised mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to an increase in artisanal mining activity, says the mining representative body DRC Chamber of Mines (CoM). “Artisanal mining in the DRC has become a widespread activity of significant economic... 

Proposed revised Mining Charter would have ‘dire consequences’ – Chamber

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd December 2016 The South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) has warned that the future viability of the country’s mining sector could be placed in “serious jeopardy” if the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) proposed revised Mining Charter is gazetted. During a media briefing in Johannesburg last week, CoM... 

DMR hits back at chamber’s claim it was not consulted on draft charter

By: Ilan Solomons     25th November 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has refuted claims that the Ministry has not actively engaged stakeholders about the draft revised Mining Charter.   On Friday, the DMR issued a statement which said it had “engaged comprehensively” with the Chamber of Mines (CoM) on the draft of the... 

Chamber raises concerns about DMR Mining Charter diktat 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th November 2016 The South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) has warned that the future viability of the country’s mining sector could be placed in “serious jeopardy” if the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) proposed revised Mining Charter is gazetted. During a media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday... 

New initiative aims to take South African mining into a modernised future

By: Dylan Slater     7th October 2016 The new Auckland Park-based Mining Precinct, in Johannesburg, is facilitating the safeguarding of the future of South Africa’s mining industry through developing new people-centred technology and techniques to empower mines and prepare them for modern mining methods. The Mining Precinct aims to... 

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